Texas Tech University

J.D./M.S. in Biotechnology

The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a joint program leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Biotechnology. The dual-degree program is designed principally for the student with an interest in medical or agricultural areas of practice utilizing a knowledge of biotechnology in the practice of law.

The dual-degree candidate must choose to pursue both degrees by the end of the fourth semester in law school and must meet admission requirements for the second degree. Typically, if all prerequisites are met, both degree programs can be finished within four and one-half years, including summer sessions. The M.S. degree is offered through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Health Sciences Center. Students must apply to both the Law School and the Graduate School and be accepted by both schools. No graduate curriculum in this area can be pursued before entering Law School.

A candidate for the J.D./M.S. in Biotechnology may credit up to 12 non-law hours of approved courses toward the J.D. degree, and 12 law hours may be credited toward the M.S. degree. These transfers are of credit hours, not grades. Students must meet the admission requirements for both the Law School and Graduate School. The Graduate School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT exam.

Admission Requirements J.D./M.S.

  • 3.0 GPA (undergraduate);
  • LSAT may substitute for GRE in the Dual Degree program;
  • A Bachelor's degree in science, with at least two semesters of Organic Chemistry, and preferably one semester in Biochemistry; and approval of the Department.
Requirements Traditional Programs Dual Degree Required Hours
J.D. 90 78
M.S. Hours credited toward J.D. 0 (12)
M.S> in Biotech 36 24
J.D. Hours credited toward M.S. 0 (12)
Total 126 102

Proposed Curriculum

J.D./M.S. in Biotechnology Proposed Curriculum

J.D./M.S. Program Contacts

Law Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Victoria Sutton. M.P.A., Ph.D., J.D.
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Director, Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy
Phone: (806) 834-1752